After CanucksArmy game: Helpless play with man advantage costs Canucks close game against Lightning


There were positives to build on, but in the end the Canucks trailed by one goal before entering the second period.

What happened

The Canucks managed to win the zone but couldn’t generate a scoring chance on their power play attempt.

Demko was tested a few times early in the period, including one from Nikita Kucherov which almost resulted in a goal as he nearly picked the top corner.

The next few minutes didn’t see much action as they were filled with whistles until half-time in the period.

Horvat had a Grade A scoring chance just after halfway as Pettersson sent a pass to Horvat who was wide open in the slot. He fired a shot that caught Vasilevskiy’s blocker side and bounced around the corner.

Tyler Myers took a high-sticking penalty with 6:46 left after the Canucks had a long offensive possession that ended with Myers beating Vasilevskiy but not the post. The Canucks killed the penalty and immediately afterwards Pettersson had a partial breakaway where he ripped a backhand attempt over the net.

Brayden Point took a penalty with just over four minutes to go and gave the Canucks their second power-play opportunity of the game. It wasn’t a good power play for the Canucks, who struggled to get much on offense and didn’t get a shot on goal in the two minutes of human-advantage time.

Podkolzin was taken into the corner in a dangerous position and Erik Cernak went into the box with 2.7 seconds left in the period. The Canucks’ power play will continue into the third period and Podkolzin skated well after being on the ground for an extra second or two.

second thoughts

It was another good stretch for the Canucks who had 10 scoring chances midway through the period compared to the Lightning who had just three scoring chances. There weren’t as many scoring chances or shots on goal in the second period, but the Canucks seemed to be in control of the momentum as we entered the final 20 minutes. The period was to start with a power play for the Canucks and they needed to continue to build on their momentum.

What happened

The power play couldn’t come together and the Lightning killed the penalty without a shot against.

Horvat took a hold call with 16:09 left in the period to give the Lightning another chance on the power play. The Canucks killed the penalty and had a three-on-one right after as Dickinson shot Vasilevskiy.

After the Canucks had a few chances in the Lightning zone, the Lightning fell on a two-man breakaway and Boris Katchouk was the last man to touch the puck and redirect it past Demko. 3-1 Lightning.

The Lightning took too many men on the ice penalty and the Canucks had another timely opportunity to come back in this game.

The power play was lightning fast and had its best chances with the power play. They still failed to score a power play goal as they went 0-4 on the night.

Point came in on a breakaway and was stopped by Demko with quite the uncalled hook from Myers to help. Then the Canucks went down with their fourth line and Tyler Motte scored the best goal of his career as he crossed his legs over the baseline and covered Vasilevskiy’s puck and into the back of the net. 3-2 Lightning after Motte’s scoring goal.


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